Noble Path

Private Investor -Student Lending Program

To maintain our institutional independence, we do not accept federal student aid.  Thus, we have developed a private investor- student lending program through gifts from generous donors that believe in the principals that define and exemplified the Industrial Arts Institute since its founding.

These supporters GIVE  because they believe in our vision to build a professional trades workforce utilizing a new education model standard that develops students with time honored training and connects talent with industry.

Students will need to fill out a form, but many families find that the Noble Path application and selection process is far simpler to fill out and less invasive than other Lending Applications or Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) documents.

Annual Percentage Rate
Loan Use
Tuition Only
Up Front Costs:
Minimum Down payment-$500.00
Term of Contract
Up to 60 months
First payment not due till 45 days after graduation
Must be at least 18 years of age
U.S. citizen or permanent resident
No open (pre-discharge) bankruptcy
Application Deadlines
For August Cohort- Application due by May 30th
For January Cohort- Application DUE by September 30th


Veteran Benefits / GI Bill®

Apply Your VA Education Benefits Toward a Career in Welding!

We are pleased to announce that the Michigan State Approving Agency, Department of Education has approved the Industrial Arts Institute to train VA eligible students for our Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program.

Getting Started As A Student

Service members, veterans and their beneficiaries can apply to determine their VA Education Benefits using the Veterans On-Line Application. Then apply to IAI for a Comprehensive Industrial Welding program using the On-line Application and submit VA Form 2384- Notice of Basic Eligibility to IAI.


Do you have unused VA Education Benefits? Did you know you can transfer unused benefits to a spouse or child? To determine if you are eligible for transferring benefits, click the link below.

Transfering VA Benefits

Industrial Arts Institute FIRST Scholarship

(FIRST) For Inspiration & Recognition Of Science & Technology

Two $6000.00 Scholarships are available to students who have participated in FIRST and who intend to pursue post-secondary training in our 19 week Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, Michigan which begin in January and August of each year.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Have participated on a FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) or a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) Team during high school.
  • Have completed an on-line application to the Industrial Arts Institute- for a Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program. APPLY HERE!

Application Process

To apply for the Scholarship, complete and send the application package including:

  • A completed Scholarship Application
  • A letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on your FIRST team or a letter of recommendation from a teacher/guidance counselor
  • High School transcripts AND a current Resume
  • An essay describing, why you would like to attend the Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program at the Industrial Arts Institute.
  • Verification of a completed on-line application to the Industrial Arts Institute- for a Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program. APPLY HERE!

Email Application and applicable documents to:

Industrial Arts Institute- Student Services Department

Mark Dombroski – Executive Director
(989) 733-4369 Ex. 203 –

Tammi Ward – Operations & Student Services Manager
(989) 733-4369 Ex. 202 –


Scholarship Application

IAI / North Central Partnership


IAI / North Central Associates of Welding Student Enrollment Steps:

  • Complete Application for BOTH the Industrial Arts Institute Basic Welding AND CIW100 courses online.
  • Apply to North Central Michigan College’s Associate of Welding program.
  • Complete your FAFSA using North Central’s Federal Code – 002299
  • Each Semester that you are enrolled at IAI:
    – You must contact Virginia Panoff at the North Central Financial Aid Office to update and sign the Student Contractual Agreement Authorization Form
    – North Central will calculate your financial aid for the semester based upon your concurrent enrollment at North Central and IAI
    – Financial Aid for students enrolled with IAI will be provided for the North Central Fall and Winter semesters only:
    Fall Semester Dates = September – December
    Winter Semester Dates = January – May
    – Students that are using their financial aide refund to pay their  balance at IAI will be responsible for paying IAI directly with these funds. North Central does not send any of your refund to IAI on your behalf.

IAI Contact Person:
Tammi Ward (989) 733-4369

North Central Michigan College Contact Person:
Virginia Panoff (231) 348-6698


Professional Trades Scholarship Fund

Straits Area Community Foundation Scholarship / CFNEM Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is for a graduate (any year) from a high school in the counties of Montmorency, Presque Isle, or Cheboygan, studying in the areas of welding, machining, electrical, or automotive. No minimum GPA required. For study at any school in Michigan.

(This link will re-direct you to where you will need to complete the AwardSpring Online Scholarship Form for this scholarship.)

Deadline: April 1
Eligibility requirements:

  • You are a graduate (any year) from a high school in the counties of Montmorency, Presque Isle, or Cheboygan, studying in the areas of welding, machining, electrical, or automotive.
  • You have a teacher recommendation as part of your application.
  • You are studying at any school in Michigan. (There is no minimum GPA required.)


Central Savings Bank

Student Loan

Central Savings Bank has been serving the Eastern Upper Peninsula since 1902. Although CSB branches are located in the UP, applicants can apply directly at the Industrial Arts Institute.


Learn more by visiting:


Awakon Federal Credit Union

Consumer Loan - Education Expenses

Financing your education can be done locally through the Awakon Federal Credit Union. Applicants can apply using Awakon Federal Credit Unions on line application. Choose “Consumer Loan” for Loan Type and then click “Education Expenses” for purpose of loan. Students can also apply in person at any of Awakon’s locations in Onaway, Indian River, Wolverine and Gaylord.

For more information, visit

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant

Michigan Works!

WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact your local MI Works! Office for information on how you can apply for a WIOA Grant today.

For more information on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant, visit

The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset

The Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarship / Frey Foundation Scholarship

The Baiardi Family Foundation in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset is offering $2,000 scholarships to eligible Emmet County Students for the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) in Onaway, MI. Among other features of this program, successful students will graduate as a certified welder. Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarship Application

The Frey Foundation in conjunction with the The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset is offering, $1,000, one year vocational education scholarships, three of which are funded by the Frey Foundation and administered by Sunset Rotary. These scholarships are available to students in the Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Alanson areas.
Frey Foundation Scholarship Application

For additional information on the Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset, visit

Inland Lakes Educational Foundation (ILEF)

Scholarship Program

The Inland Lakes Educational Foundation is organized to seek contributions and to provide a source of funding for educational programs, activities and events for the enrichment and benefit of the Inland Lakes School students. Scholarships for both vocational and academic studies are awarded to graduates of Inland Lakes Schools who are pursued career goals ranging from nursing to engineering to vocational careers.

For more information on The Inland Lakes Educational Foundation (ILEF), visit

To apply, contact Beth Fairbanks via email or phone:  231-238- 6868 ext. 145.

Want to know more?

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments about financing your education and current scholarship opportunitites.